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TRUMP AGENDA DEFEATED FOUR SITTING DEM SENATORS

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MCCASKILL:  “I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE CRAZY DEMOCRATS”

Crazy or not, McCaskill was soundly defeated by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley 53% to 44%.

Josh Hawley, Rick Scott, Mike Braun, Kevin Cramer, President Trump

Senator-Elect Josh Hawley

McCaskill desperately tried to portray herself as a moderate Democrat.  Too late!  Voting against confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh in October and against tax cuts for the middle-class last year labeled her as a “crazy Democrat,” and sealed her fate in a state where Trump won by 19% in 2016.

Trump considered defeating McCaskill so important that he held his last midterm rally in Rush Limbaugh’s hometown of Cape Girardeau, the night before the election, introduced by Rush.  Monday’s was Trump’s third rally in the Show Me State: one in Springfield September 21st and one in Columbia November 1st.

TRUMP BEAT OBAMA TWICE IN FLORIDA

President Trump held two rallies in Florida in support of Governor Rick Scott’s bid for Bill Nelson’s Senate seat and in support of U.S. Rep Ron DeSantis’s campaign to fill the governorship being vacated by Scott.

Former President Barack Obama made the rounds on the campaign trail stumping for the Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum, and for Senator Bill Nelson’s re-election.  Had Gillum won, he would have been Florida’s first black governor and first avowed Socialist to occupy the governor’s mansion.

Josh Hawley, Rick Scott, Mike Braun, Kevin Cramer, President Trump

Senator-Elect Rick Scott

Florida was critical to Trump’s victory in 2016.  If Democrats gained control of the governorship, it would show that his brand is no longer as potent with Florida voters.  President Trump calls his Mar-a-Lago estate the “Winter White House.”  Both victories ratify Trump’s political strength in Florida, the most important battleground state in presidential elections.

A supporter of tax cuts and Trump’s Supreme Court choices and a critic of Obamacare, Scott promises to be a reliable vote in support of Trump’s agenda.  Senator Nelson voted “no” on Kavanaugh’s confirmation and “no” on tax cuts for middle-class Americans.

Scott beat Nelson 50% to 49%.  His win also gives Florida two Republican senators for the first time since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era.

TRUMP CAMPAIGNED FOR BRAUN, OBAMA CAMPAIGNED FOR DONNELLY

Joe Donnelly, who voted against tax cuts for middle-class Americans and voted against confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh last month, was roundly defeated (52% to 43%) by businessman Mike Braun.  A staunch supporter of Trump’s agenda, Braun often criticized Donnelly for not supporting the president enough.

Indiana is a state President Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2016, so a win by Donnelly would have showed decreasing support for Trump’s re-election.

Josh Hawley, Rick Scott, Mike Braun, Kevin Cramer, President Trump

Senator-Elect Mike Braun

The president made two stops in Indiana on Braun’s behalf during the final week of the campaign.  On Friday, both the president and vice president campaigned in Indianapolis for Braun, as did former Indiana Hoosiers basketball coach Bob Knight.  Trump made a second stop in Fort Wayne on Monday.

Former President Barack Obama visited Indiana to stump for Donnelly on Sunday and praised the senator for his bipartisanship.

NORTH DAKOTA WAS A LOCK FOR GOP CHALLENGER

Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s “no” vote for giving middle-class Americans a tax cut, followed by a “no” vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation doomed her chance for re-election.  She lost to her GOP challenger 55% to 44%.

Kevin Cramer, the Republican who has held North Dakota’s only House seat since 2012, initially announced that he would seek another House term, rather than run for the Senate.  But President Trump ultimately persuaded him to take on Heitkamp, an intervention by the president that Cramer stressed on the campaign trail.

Josh Hawley, Rick Scott, Mike Braun, Kevin Cramer, President Trump

Senator-Elect Kevin Cramer

Despite selling herself as an agriculture-friendly, gun-supporting moderate who was willing to work with Trump, Heitkamp struggled to win over his supporters.  Trump won North Dakota by THIRTY-SIX points in 2016.

THESE FOUR GOP SENATE PICK-UPS SPEAK VOLUMES ABOUT

AMERICANS’ SUPPORT FOR TRUMP’S AGENDA.

Diane L. Gruber

American Nationalist

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